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Protect Yourself from Refund and Recovery Scams

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Help Spread the Word: Share and Educate

At Stamp Out Scams, our mis­sion is to pro­tect and edu­cate con­sumers about the dan­gers of refund and recov­ery scams. We need your help to ampli­fy this impor­tant mes­sage. By shar­ing a copy of this blog post and the accom­pa­ny­ing video overview, you can play a cru­cial role in pre­vent­ing oth­ers from falling vic­tim to these deceit­ful schemes.

Shar­ing is sim­ple but impact­ful. Send the below blog post to your friends, fam­i­ly, and social net­works. Inform them about the tac­tics scam­mers use and how they can pro­tect them­selves. The more peo­ple we reach, the more effec­tive our fight against these scams will be.

In addi­tion to the fol­low­ing blog post, we’ve cre­at­ed the below video overview that high­lights the key points and offers prac­ti­cal tips for safe­guard­ing your finances. Please share this video on social media plat­forms by click­ing the “Share” but­ton at the top right cor­ner, or share via email. Shar­ing can sig­nif­i­cant­ly increase aware­ness and help more peo­ple rec­og­nize the warn­ing signs of refund and recov­ery scams.

Below video overview is also avail­able at our YouTube Chan­nel, ScamTV, or by vis­it­ing our sis­ter site at www.scamtv.org.  Blog post begins imme­di­ate­ly after video.

Protect Yourself from Refund and Recovery Scams  

Protect Yourself from Refund and Recovery Scams

Our goal at Stamp Out Scams, a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion, is to edu­cate con­sumers about these types of scams and oth­er scams. By rais­ing aware­ness, we aim to pro­tect indi­vid­u­als from falling vic­tim to deceit­ful schemes. We believe that through edu­ca­tion and com­mu­ni­ty out­reach, we can sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduce the impact of scams on our soci­ety. Con­sid­er­ing this, we aim to tack­le anoth­er heinous crime where vic­tims are defraud­ed yet again after the ini­tial scam. This cycle of vic­tim­iza­tion under­scores the urgent need for orga­ni­za­tions like Stamp Out Scams and ScamTV to edu­cate con­sumers about these per­sis­tent threats and oth­er scams. Sim­ply put “KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.” 

In today’s dig­i­tal age, where scams are preva­lent, pro­tect­ing your finances is cru­cial. If you’ve been scammed before, you might meet indi­vid­u­als claim­ing to help you recov­er your lost funds but ask­ing for upfront pay­ments. This blog will guide you on how to spot and avoid refund and recov­ery scams to safe­guard your finan­cial well-being. 

Scam Victimology 

 Scam vic­ti­mol­o­gy exam­ines the char­ac­ter­is­tics, behav­iors, and psy­cho­log­i­cal pro­files of indi­vid­u­als who fall prey to scams, help­ing to devise effec­tive pre­ven­tion strate­gies. Under­stand­ing what makes some­one sus­cep­ti­ble to scams can enhance edu­ca­tion­al efforts to pro­tect poten­tial vic­tims. Fac­tors such as social iso­la­tion, finan­cial stress, and a lack of dig­i­tal lit­er­a­cy often make indi­vid­u­als more vul­ner­a­ble to scam­mers. By iden­ti­fy­ing these risk indi­ca­tors, orga­ni­za­tions like Stamp Out Scams can tai­lor their out­reach and edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams to bet­ter sup­port and pro­tect at-risk pop­u­la­tions.  

Vic­tims come from a wide vari­ety of geo­graph­i­cal loca­tions, back­grounds, cul­tures, etc. Yet, scam­mers can tai­lor their scams to this wide vari­ety of vic­tims who are locat­ed around the world. 

Among the top 10 scams car­ried out by scam­mers world­wide are: 

- Phish­ing scams 

- Ponzi schemes 

- Lot­tery scams 

- Tech sup­port scams 

- Romance scams 

- Advance-fee fraud 

- Fake char­i­ty scams 

- Invest­ment scams 

- Health­care scams 

- Iden­ti­ty theft 

These scams exploit trust, urgency, and lack of aware­ness, under­scor­ing the impor­tance of com­pre­hen­sive con­sumer edu­ca­tion. 

Understanding Refund and Recovery Scams 

With the world­wide pro­lif­er­a­tion of scams of all vari­eties, there exists an abun­dance of vic­tims. There­fore, the mar­ket pool of peo­ple look­ing for an option to recov­er their lost funds is huge. Scam­mers are ful­ly aware of this fact. So, scam­mers do with they know how to do very well — they cre­ate anoth­er scam! This scam is com­mon­ly referred to as a “Refund and Recov­ery Scam.” 

When it comes to pro­tect­ing your­self from finan­cial scams, under­stand­ing refund and recov­ery scams is cru­cial. These scams specif­i­cal­ly tar­get indi­vid­u­als who have already fall­en vic­tim to fraud­u­lent schemes, offer­ing false promis­es of recov­er­ing lost funds or obtain­ing nonex­is­tent prizes or items. In this sec­tion, we will delve into the expla­na­tion of refund and recov­ery scams, the com­mon tac­tics scam­mers use to deceive indi­vid­u­als, and the impor­tance of being cau­tious and vig­i­lant when approached by poten­tial scam­mers. 

Scope of the Problem 

Refund and recov­ery scams rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant and grow­ing prob­lem on a glob­al scale, impact­ing mil­lions of indi­vid­u­als and caus­ing sub­stan­tial finan­cial loss­es. These scams specif­i­cal­ly tar­get vic­tims who have already been defraud­ed, exploit­ing their hope of recov­er­ing lost funds, which makes them par­tic­u­lar­ly insid­i­ous and dam­ag­ing. The glob­al reach of the inter­net has facil­i­tat­ed the pro­lif­er­a­tion of these scams, mak­ing it eas­i­er for scam­mers to find and deceive vic­tims across bor­ders with rel­a­tive anonymi­ty.  

In the Unit­ed States alone, the Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion (FTC) receives thou­sands of reports each year relat­ed to refund and recov­ery scams. Accord­ing to recent reports, vic­tims in the U.S. lose hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars annu­al­ly to these schemes. The actu­al cost exceeds report­ed loss­es, as many vic­tims may be too embar­rassed or unaware of how to report the fraud. Glob­al­ly, it is esti­mat­ed that refund and recov­ery frauds con­tribute to bil­lions of dol­lars in finan­cial loss­es each year. The fis­cal impact of these frauds extends beyond indi­vid­ual vic­tims, affect­ing fam­i­ly mem­bers, com­mu­ni­ties, and the broad­er econ­o­my. Vic­tims often incur addi­tion­al debt, face dif­fi­cul­ties in pay­ing bills, and suf­fer sig­nif­i­cant time loss as they attempt to nav­i­gate recov­ery process­es. Beyond mon­e­tary loss­es, the psy­cho­log­i­cal toll is severe, with vic­tims expe­ri­enc­ing stress, anx­i­ety, and a dimin­ished sense of trust. 

Common Tactics Scammers Use to Deceive Individuals 

Scammer Tactics to Deceive Individuals in Refund and Recovery Scams.
              Be Alert to Scam­mer Tac­tics

These scams typ­i­cal­ly involve scam­mers pos­ing as legit­i­mate orga­ni­za­tions, using sophis­ti­cat­ed meth­ods to cre­ate a con­vinc­ing facade. Scam­mers may use offi­cial-look­ing emails, con­vinc­ing phone imper­son­ations, or well-craft­ed web­sites to present them­selves as con­sumer pro­tec­tion agen­cies, legal pro­fes­sion­als, or oth­er trust­ed enti­ties. They manip­u­late their vic­tims’ emo­tions, lever­ag­ing their des­per­a­tion to recov­er lost funds to extract addi­tion­al pay­ments or per­son­al infor­ma­tion. 

In many cas­es, vic­tims are direct­ed to pro­vide advance fees, promis­ing suc­cess­ful recov­ery of their lost mon­ey, but these promis­es are nev­er ful­filled. Some scam­mers go as far as threat­en­ing legal action or fur­ther finan­cial penal­ties to coerce com­pli­ance. The rapid evo­lu­tion of tech­nol­o­gy has only exac­er­bat­ed the prob­lem, as scam­mers con­tin­u­al­ly devel­op new tech­niques and chan­nels to per­pe­trate their frauds. Scam­mers employ a vari­ety of tac­tics to deceive indi­vid­u­als in refund and recov­ery scams. They may use phone calls, emails, text mes­sages, or social media to make con­tact, claim­ing they can facil­i­tate the return of lost funds or unde­liv­ered prizes. By pos­ing as trust­wor­thy enti­ties or lever­ag­ing per­son­al infor­ma­tion obtained from pre­vi­ous swin­dles, scam­mers aim to manip­u­late vic­tims into mak­ing upfront pay­ments or divulging sen­si­tive finan­cial details. 

Detailed Process of How Scam­mers Approach Vic­tims 

Scam­mers oper­ate by prey­ing on indi­vid­u­als who have pre­vi­ous­ly been defraud­ed, cre­at­ing a vicious cycle of decep­tion. Once you have been swin­dled by a fraud­u­lent scheme, scam­mers obtain ‘suck­er lists’ con­tain­ing detailed infor­ma­tion about past vic­tims. Armed with your name, address, phone num­ber, and the type of fraud you fell for, scam­mers reach out through var­i­ous chan­nels such as phone calls, emails, text mes­sages, and social media. 

They present them­selves as trust­wor­thy enti­ties, includ­ing gov­ern­ment agen­cies, con­sumer advo­ca­cy groups, or law firms, to gain your con­fi­dence. By lever­ag­ing the infor­ma­tion they pos­sess, scam­mers craft believ­able sto­ries to deceive you into believ­ing that they can help you recov­er your lost funds or obtain the promised prize or mer­chan­dise. 

Examples of Common Strategies Scammers Use 

Scam­mers employ a range of tac­tics to solic­it pay­ments and manip­u­late vic­tims into part­ing with more mon­ey. They may claim to be affil­i­at­ed with the fraud­u­lent com­pa­ny that scammed you ini­tial­ly, offer­ing refunds to dis­sat­is­fied cus­tomers or fil­ing com­plaints on your behalf with gov­ern­ment agen­cies. These false promis­es are designed to lure you into mak­ing upfront pay­ments or pro­vid­ing sen­si­tive finan­cial infor­ma­tion. 

More­over, scam­mers may demand pay­ment under the guise of ‘retain­er fees,’ ‘pro­cess­ing fees,’ ‘admin­is­tra­tive charges,’ or tax­es. They might request your social secu­ri­ty num­ber, bank account details, or deb­it card infor­ma­tion, pos­ing as facil­i­ta­tors of direct refund deposits. Falling for these tac­tics can result in fur­ther finan­cial loss­es and put your iden­ti­ty at risk. 

Warning Signs to Look Out For 

Rec­og­niz­ing poten­tial refund scams is essen­tial to safe­guard your finances and per­son­al infor­ma­tion. If some­one con­tacts you and requests an upfront fee for refund or recov­ery assis­tance, it is a clear indi­ca­tor of a scam. Whether the com­mu­ni­ca­tion occurs via mail, phone calls, online plat­forms, or social media, refrain from mak­ing any pay­ments upfront. 

Be cau­tious if an indi­vid­ual claims to rep­re­sent a gov­ern­ment agency or rep­utable orga­ni­za­tion and demands pay­ment or per­son­al infor­ma­tion. Legit­i­mate enti­ties do not solic­it mon­ey to help you obtain a refund or request sen­si­tive finan­cial details. Any insis­tence on upfront fees or per­son­al data should raise red flags as poten­tial scam indi­ca­tors. 

Addi­tion­al­ly, only scam­mers will insist on pay­ments through uncon­ven­tion­al chan­nels such as cash, gift cards, cryp­tocur­ren­cy, wire trans­fers, or pay­ment apps. Refrain from deposit­ing refund checks for amounts exceed­ing your loss­es, as this is a com­mon tac­tic used by scam­mers to exploit vic­tims. 

Avoid dis­clos­ing per­son­al infor­ma­tion or mak­ing upfront pay­ments to unknown enti­ties and con­duct thor­ough research on any orga­ni­za­tion claim­ing to offer refund assis­tance. Remem­ber, pre­ven­tion is key to avoid­ing finan­cial fraud and main­tain­ing your finan­cial secu­ri­ty. Scam­mers employ var­i­ous tac­tics to manip­u­late vic­tims and extract mon­ey or sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion. They may use psy­cho­log­i­cal manip­u­la­tion, such as cre­at­ing a sense of urgency or fear of miss­ing out, to coerce indi­vid­u­als into mak­ing hasty deci­sions. By pos­ing as trust­wor­thy enti­ties or lever­ag­ing per­son­al infor­ma­tion obtained from pre­vi­ous scams, scam­mers aim to estab­lish cred­i­bil­i­ty and deceive vic­tims. 

Combatting These Scams 

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        Work­ing togeth­er to iden­ti­fy and pre­vent scams

Efforts to com­bat these scams are ongo­ing but chal­leng­ing due to the inter­na­tion­al nature of many oper­a­tions. Law enforce­ment agen­cies face dif­fi­cul­ties in trac­ing and pros­e­cut­ing scam­mers who often oper­ate from coun­tries with lim­it­ed reg­u­la­to­ry over­sight. Edu­ca­tion­al ini­tia­tives by non-prof­its like Stamp Out Scams aim to raise aware­ness and pro­vide con­sumers with the knowl­edge need­ed to pro­tect them­selves. 

Pub­lic aware­ness cam­paigns empha­size the impor­tance of vig­i­lance, urg­ing indi­vid­u­als nev­er to pay upfront fees or dis­close sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion to unver­i­fied sources. Gov­ern­ments and reg­u­la­to­ry bod­ies are also work­ing to improve report­ing sys­tems and enhance cross-bor­der coop­er­a­tion to address these crimes more effec­tive­ly. Despite these efforts, the preva­lence and sophis­ti­ca­tion of refund and recov­ery scams sug­gests that a mul­ti-faceted approach is nec­es­sary to mit­i­gate the issue. 

Con­tin­u­ous advance­ments in cyber­se­cu­ri­ty, along­side com­pre­hen­sive con­sumer edu­ca­tion and robust inter­na­tion­al coop­er­a­tion, are essen­tial in reduc­ing the impact of these scams. Until then, indi­vid­u­als must remain cau­tious and informed, under­stand­ing that reclaim­ing lost funds should nev­er involve pay­ing addi­tion­al sums or shar­ing per­son­al data with unknown enti­ties. By stay­ing alert and skep­ti­cal of unso­licit­ed recov­ery offers, peo­ple can bet­ter pro­tect them­selves from becom­ing repeat vic­tims. 

Differentiating Between Legitimate Processes and Fraudulent Schemes 

It is essen­tial to dif­fer­en­ti­ate between legit­i­mate refund process­es and fraud­u­lent schemes. Legit­i­mate enti­ties do not require upfront pay­ments or per­son­al finan­cial infor­ma­tion to facil­i­tate a refund. If some­one insists on pay­ment exclu­sive­ly through cash, gift cards, wire trans­fers, or cryp­tocur­ren­cy, it is a clear indi­ca­tion of a scam. 

More­over, scam­mers often pres­sure vic­tims into quick pay­ments, cre­at­ing a sense of urgency to pre­vent them from ver­i­fy­ing the legit­i­ma­cy of the trans­ac­tion. By under­stand­ing the dif­fer­ences between legit­i­mate process­es and fraud­u­lent schemes, you can avoid falling prey to scams and pro­tect your finan­cial assets. 

Avoiding Refund and Recovery Scams 

When it comes to pro­tect­ing your­self from the dan­gers of refund scams and recov­ery scams, being aware and informed is key. By under­stand­ing the essen­tial steps to take, tips to avoid upfront pay­ments, and guide­lines to safe­guard your per­son­al and finan­cial infor­ma­tion, you can sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduce the risk of falling vic­tim to fraud­u­lent schemes. 

As out­lined pre­vi­ous­ly, refund scams are designed to prey on indi­vid­u­als who have already been deceived by fraud­u­lent schemes. To avoid becom­ing a vic­tim of such scams, it is cru­cial to: 

  • Nev­er trust indi­vid­u­als who claim they can recov­er your lost funds in exchange for a fee. 
  • Avoid mak­ing any upfront pay­ments for refunds or refund assis­tance. 
  • Refuse to dis­close per­son­al infor­ma­tion such as social secu­ri­ty num­bers or finan­cial details to obtain a refund. 
  • Be cau­tious of pay­ment requests exclu­sive­ly through cash, gift cards, cryp­tocur­ren­cy, wire trans­fers, or pay­ment apps. 
  • Avoid deposit­ing refund checks for amounts exceed­ing what was lost. 

Seeking Recourse After Falling Victim 

After falling vic­tim to a scam, it can be a dis­tress­ing expe­ri­ence. How­ev­er, there are proac­tive mea­sures you can take to attempt to halt trans­ac­tions or secure refunds. Act­ing swift­ly is cru­cial in such sit­u­a­tions to increase your chances of recov­er­ing lost funds. When you real­ize you have been scammed, the first step is to try to stop any fur­ther trans­ac­tions. Con­tact your bank or finan­cial insti­tu­tion imme­di­ate­ly to report the fraud­u­lent activ­i­ty and request a freeze on your account to pre­vent addi­tion­al unau­tho­rized charges. 

Simul­ta­ne­ous­ly, reach out to the mer­chant or plat­form where the trans­ac­tion took place. Inform them of the fraud­u­lent activ­i­ty and request a refund. Many rep­utable com­pa­nies have poli­cies in place to assist cus­tomers who have been vic­tims of scams. 

Steps to Report Refund and Recovery Scams 

Report­ing refund and recov­ery scams to the rel­e­vant author­i­ties is essen­tial not only for your own recov­ery but also to pre­vent oth­ers from falling prey to sim­i­lar schemes. The Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion (FTC) and your state attor­ney gen­er­al’s office are key enti­ties to con­tact when report­ing such fraud­u­lent activ­i­ties. 

Make sure to pro­vide detailed infor­ma­tion about the scam, includ­ing any com­mu­ni­ca­tion you have received, trans­ac­tion details, and the steps you have tak­en to mit­i­gate the impact. By report­ing these scams, you con­tribute to the col­lec­tive effort in com­bat­ing fraud­u­lent activ­i­ties and pro­tect­ing con­sumers. 

For assis­tance on where to report scams to local, state or fed­er­al agen­cies, please vis­it our Report A Scam Page.

Importance of Acting Promptly 

Time is of the essence when seek­ing refunds after falling vic­tim to a scam. Scam­mers often oper­ate swift­ly to move funds around and make it chal­leng­ing to trace or recov­er them. By act­ing prompt­ly, you not only demon­strate your aware­ness of the sit­u­a­tion but also increase the like­li­hood of suc­cess­ful recov­ery. 

Remem­ber that every moment counts in the after­math of a scam. Do not delay in tak­ing the nec­es­sary steps to pro­tect your finan­cial inter­ests and pre­vent fur­ther loss­es. It also help you if you ever need to pro­duce and/or pro­vide doc­u­men­ta­tion rel­a­tive to the scam. Law enforce­ment, finan­cial insti­tu­tions and insur­ance com­pa­nies rely on accu­rate report­ing and doc­u­men­ta­tion. 

“Report­ing scams quick­ly is cru­cial in pro­tect­ing your­self and oth­ers. The faster we act, the more effec­tive­ly we can pre­vent fur­ther harm and hold scam­mers account­able.” — Nick Hen­ley, Founder

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Report­ing Scams Is Cru­cial

Reporting Scams to Authorities 

When it comes to pro­tect­ing your­self and oth­ers from the dan­gers of refund and recov­ery scams, one of the most cru­cial steps you can take is report­ing these fraud­u­lent activ­i­ties to the appro­pri­ate author­i­ties. By doing so, you not only con­tribute to the fight against scam activ­i­ties but also play a vital role in safe­guard­ing your finances and those of oth­ers. 

Report­ing refund and recov­ery scams to the Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion (FTC) or your state attor­ney gen­er­al is essen­tial in com­bat­ting these decep­tive prac­tices. By pro­vid­ing detailed infor­ma­tion about the scam you encoun­tered, includ­ing the meth­ods used by scam­mers and the finan­cial loss­es incurred, you enable law enforce­ment to inves­ti­gate and act against these crim­i­nals. 

One of the key ben­e­fits of report­ing scams, beyond doc­u­ment­ing it for you, is the role it plays in help­ing law enforce­ment agen­cies iden­ti­fy pat­terns, track down scam net­works, and pre­vent fur­ther indi­vid­u­als from falling vic­tim to sim­i­lar schemes. Your report can serve as a valu­able piece  of the puz­zle in dis­man­tling scam oper­a­tions and hold­ing per­pe­tra­tors account­able for their actions. 

Fur­ther­more, report­ing scams not only serves to pro­tect your­self but also con­tributes to the pro­tec­tion of oth­ers with­in your com­mu­ni­ty. By rais­ing aware­ness about preva­lent scam tac­tics and shar­ing your expe­ri­ence with author­i­ties, you empow­er oth­ers to rec­og­nize and avoid falling prey to sim­i­lar fraud­u­lent schemes. 

Com­mu­ni­ty edu­ca­tion and knowl­edge of scams is a pow­er­ful tool in the fight against scams, and your report can spark a chain reac­tion of aware­ness and pre­ven­tion among your peers and neigh­bors. By pro­mot­ing a cul­ture of trans­paren­cy and account­abil­i­ty, you help cre­ate a safer envi­ron­ment where indi­vid­u­als are more equipped to iden­ti­fy and report sus­pi­cious activ­i­ties. 

Remem­ber, your voice mat­ters in the fight against refund and recov­ery scams. By report­ing these fraud­u­lent prac­tices, you become a proac­tive agent in the bat­tle against finan­cial exploita­tion and decep­tion. Togeth­er, we can work towards a future where scams have no place in our soci­ety, and indi­vid­u­als can nav­i­gate the dig­i­tal land­scape with con­fi­dence and secu­ri­ty. 

Helpful Links

If you need to report a scam, please vis­it our “Report A Scam” web­site page.  On this page, you will find the var­i­ous agen­cies you can report scams to with web­site links.  It is rec­om­mend­ed that you also report scams or attempt­ed scams to your local police depart­ment.  To iden­ti­fy your state or local report­ing agency, vis­it this excel­lent Wikipedia guide to deter­mine who and where you should report for your par­tic­u­lar U.S. loca­tion.

In addi­tion, please vis­it our “About Us” page to learn more about our non-prof­it scam pre­ven­tion orga­ni­za­tion.

Also, please vis­it our YouTube Chan­nel, ScamTV, for more scam-relat­ed news and scam pre­ven­tion guid­ance. Stamp Out Scams is also excit­ed to announce its new sep­a­rate web­site for our YouTube Chan­nel, ScamTV.  This web­site can be found at www.scamtv.org.

While this web­site is new and still being devel­oped, we have big future plans for this site. We hope to great­ly expand our scam pre­ven­tion offer­ings on our new ScamTV site in the very near future.  We want to be your trust­ed source for “must-see” scam pre­ven­tion pro­gram­ming.

Related Blog Posts

Please vis­it the fol­low­ing blog posts. These are pre­vi­ous blog post­ings from Stamp Out Scams that con­tain relat­ed con­tent.

Link 1:  https://stampoutscams.org/pig-butchering-scam-unveiling-the-web-of-deception/

Link 2:  https://stampoutscams.org/protect-seniors-from-scams-report-scams-fraud-to-fbis-ic3-gov/

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Conclusion

In con­clu­sion, safe­guard­ing your finances from refund and recov­ery scams requires vig­i­lance and aware­ness. By fol­low­ing the tips out­lined in this blog, you can pro­tect your­self from falling vic­tim to scam­mers seek­ing to exploit your vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty. Remem­ber, nev­er dis­close per­son­al or finan­cial infor­ma­tion to unknown enti­ties and always ver­i­fy the legit­i­ma­cy of refund claims. Stay safe, stay informed, and empow­er your­self against finan­cial fraud.

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